A Message from Fr. Gerard Sauer
March 19, 2020
Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
During this Lenten season, we as Catholic Christians, are experiencing some unprecedented sacramental challenges due to the COVID-19 virus. On March 16th, Bishop DiMarzio sent a letter to all Priests and Deacons in the Diocese of Brooklyn outlining some mandates which remain in effect from now until further notice. Here at Saint Patrick’s, we are following these directives as carefully as we can in order to protect everyone and ensure we do not contribute to the spread of the coronavirus.
Until further notice, the following will be in effect throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn:
- Sunday and Daily Masses will not be celebrated publicly in Church.
- Saint Patrick’s Church will be open daily from 8am-6pm for private prayer and meditation. We ask parishioners to respect the social distancing recommendations of the CDC while in Church and maintain a ten-foot distance from one another.
- Due to the small size of our Chapel and the fact that it does not permit social distancing, it will remain closed during this time.
- Please be aware that Masses are still being celebrated privately by the priests of the parish and the Mass intentions are being fulfilled. Mass intentions are listed in our weekly online bulletin.
- Very soon, we hope to post our own Masses through our website and parish Facebook page.
- In the meantime, we encourage all parishioners to watch the Mass on Sundays and even daily on NET TV which broadcasts the Mass each day from the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint James and the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Brooklyn.
- Funerals and Weddings may be permitted, if necessary, but should be limited to immediate family members.
- All other liturgies, devotions, meetings, and non-essential parish activities have been suspended or postponed. This will include all Holy Week and Easter Liturgies.
- We are grateful to those who are dropping off their envelopes through the mail slot at the rectory and through the U.S. mail. As you can imagine, the loss of our weekly collection greatly affects our monthly bills, payroll and insurance.
- Some parishioners have also called to inquire about online/e-giving. Please look for “Faith Direct” on our parish website to learn more: https://membership.faithdirect.net/NY291
- Our parish bulletin is available online at: https://www.stpatrickbayridge.org
- Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/stpatrickfthamilton/
Please know that we are united with you in this moment of crisis and fear. While we are apart from each other at the altar, we are united in our spiritual communion and love for Jesus and each other. It has been a long-standing tradition that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, which is a source of grace. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to worthily receive Holy Communion. I invite you to make this prayer each day so that, united as the Body of Christ, we may collectively add our voices to countless numbers of the faithful around the world in an effort to end this contagion which has affected the entire planet.
My Jesus, I believe you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. AMEN.
As I receive further updates, I will pass them onto you through the parish website and Facebook page. I would ask if you could please pass this information along to any of your family, friends or neighbors who do not have internet access. Let us keep one another in prayer.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Gerard J. Sauer